Suggested Activities/Ideas for things to do in CHARLOTTE, NC
*Note: Stop in the Charlotte Visitor Info Center for more ideas and lots of FREE coupons,
brochures and maps to use around the city!
Location: Center City
330 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: (800) 231-4636
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sunday, noon – 4 p.m.
FOOD / RESTAURANTS
- Breakfast at Phil’s Deli
- BaoDing at Sharon Corners
- Panera Bread
- Lupies Cafe on Monroe St. – Downtown
- Mert’s Soul Food – uptown
- Gus’ Sir Beef on Monroe Dr.
- La Unica Taqueria on Central Ave. – Mexican food
- Lang Van – Vietnamese food – Shamrock Rd.
- Green’s hotdogs
- Pike’s ice-cream
- South 21 – a drive in restaurant on South Blvd.
- Any Bar-B-Q (or BBQ) restaurant. There are various styles. Try them all.
- Ethiopian Food: Red Sea (on Charlottetown Ave.)
- Panthers Game
- Bobcats Game
- High school basketball games
- High school football games
- High school baseball games
- Davidson basketball
- Davidson baseball
- Charlotte Checkers hockey
- A NASCAR race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway
- Ice skating uptown
- Bowling at George Pappas Lanes on Montford
- Charlotte United – Professional soccer game
- Bowling at 10Lanes or Strike City in Uptown!
- Nascar Hall of Fame
- U.S. National Whitewater Center
- USS YorkTown
- Fort Sumter
- Winston-Salem, NC – visit Historic Old Salem
- Yadkin Valley Vineyards
- Ashville, NC – visit the Biltmore House
- Little Switzerland, NC
- Train from Charlotte to Raleigh to visit NC capitol buildings
- Visit the big, pink church (Calvary) on Hwy 51 and Rea Road and ride on an escalator and visit the bookstore
- Billy Graham Library
- The Asheboro Zoo
- The Columbia Zoo
- Lazy 5 Ranch in Mooresville
- Any Rodeo. There are rodeos in Mooresville and west Charlotte. (usually from April through November)
- Sugar Mountain
- Stone Mountain (NC, near Sparta)
- GrandFather Mountain (NC, near Blowing Rock)
- South Mountain (NC, near Morganton)
- Hike up Crowders Mountain – a 40 min. ride from Charlotte. An easy day trip.
CULTURE / MUSEUM / PUBLIC LIBRARY
- Public Library
- The Symphony
- Charlotte Museum of History
- Omnimax/Discovery Place Science museum
- Free nights at the Mint Museum – Tuesdays from 5PM
- Latta Plantation in Huntersville
- Carriage Tours of downtown Charlotte
- Walking tour of downtown Charlotte. Call Charlotte’s visitor’s center.
- Imaginon and Children’s Theater
- Wing Haven – Ridge Wood Road in Charlotte
- Reed’s Gold Mine between Concord and Mint Hill
- Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
- Levine Museum of the New South
- Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
- Carolinas Aviation Museum
- Charlotte Nature Museum
- Chimney Rock Park
- Drive through the Myers Park area
- Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens
- The Green Space
- Freedom Park – East Blvd
- Independence Park – 7th and Hawthorne (outdoor ping pong tables!)
- Anne Springs Close Greenway near Carowinds. I-77 south – Turn at Carowinds exit to the left about 3 miles on the left. Great hiking, biking, walking, or fishing
- Colonel Francis Beatty Park – in Matthews —Free—trails for hiking, biking, strolling. A pond with ducks. Playground. Picnic shelters. Soccer and baseball fields. Tennis courts. Very close to the Siskey YMCA (in the summer)
- Concord Mills
- North Lake
- Atherton Mills
- SouthPark Mall – Food court
- Uptown Charlotte – Overstreet Mall – any festivals/events that are in town – Speed Street in May is a great place to people watch and get a lot of freebies!